By Joohan Kim
Among all the clubs on Club Day, there was one in particular that caught the attention of students. Which club? It is called the Academic Decathlon Team, one of the most hard-working and passionate clubs on campus.
Team members represent La Canada’s academic capability and talent in the Academic Decathlon Competition. The Academic Decathlon curriculum focuses on a different “theme” each year, making their learning not only more interesting but also more spontaneous.
Senior and former President Lyndsay Song said, “In school, we go over many different subjects, mostly centered on the modern US. This year, it was on World War II. The ever-changing themes make my learning dynamic, as it keeps Decathletes on their toes.”
The competition is an annual meet at El Rancho High School, where teams from all over California come to compete, including schools such as South Pasadena, Arcadia, and San Marino. It is held over two weekends in February, with competitors participating in an interview, essay, and speech the first week, and a series of 7 different tests the second week, along with a “super quiz” in which competitors work with their teammates to answer questions with a crowd cheering them on.
Sophomore Jared Cheng said, “Although medals are always fun to win, this, like any other team that LCHS has, is an opportunity to show the academic capability of La Cañada High School. When you compete, you are not only representing yourself and your team, but you are also representing your school.”
The benefits of joining the Academic Decathlon team are not limited to preparing for the annual competition.
“Academic Decathlon helped me enjoy learning more, as the topics were more engaging and unique compared to the America-centric topics of the school curriculum.” said Lyndsay.
The team has steadily grown in different areas of performance, but this year is quite distinct.
Junior Andre Galenchick-Chan said, “This year especially we have significantly improved our club’s effectiveness in preparing our members for the competition as shown by our significantly improved scores and participation. In addition, I believe our club has grown publically, being more known by the students at our school.”
If you are interested in joining, please contact Ms. Kim in room 209.
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